The 13 Most Expensive Home Sales in Pulaski County in 2012

by Mark Friedman  on Monday, Apr. 22, 2013 12:00 am  

7) 27 Overlook Circle: Brent Bumpers acquired this two-story home in Little Rock’s Overlook Park neighborhood. Bumpers is the son of former U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers. Brent Bumpers also was a founder of Brent & Sam’s Cookies Inc. of North Little Rock. In 2008, Lance Inc. of Charlotte, N.C., acquired the privately held Brent & Sam’s for $26.3 million, then shut the bakery and moved its equipment to Charlotte in 2009.

8) 1 Hickory Hills Circle: John Motes and Julie Silver bought this 5,990-SF home in west Little Rock’s Hickory Hills neighborhood. The two-story home features a curved staircase and a pool. John Motes is a co-owner of George Motes Autogroup #1 LLC of Pine Bluff, which sells used cars. 

9) 5229 Edgewood Road: Heather and John Conner III bought this two-story home in the Prospect Terrace neighborhood. John Conner said he bought the house because of its location. 

“It’s close to downtown, where I work,” he said. Conner joined Stephens Inc. of Little Rock as a financial adviser in the early 2000s and quickly rose to senior vice president of the firm’s private client group. He was a member of Arkansas Business’ 40 Under 40 class of 2007. “Work is really very rewarding when you’re helping folks with their finances,” he said in 2007. “It’s nice to be able to help people realize some of their dreams.”

10) 5320 Edgewood Road: Shane and Heather Morden purchased this home in Little Rock’s Prospect Terrace neighborhood. The home was one of five featured by Wildwood Park for the Arts in its annual holiday tour of homes last year.

Shane Morden is a senior vice president and sales representative for Stephens Inc. of Little Rock, a full-service securities brokerage and the largest broker-dealer in Arkansas as measured by licensed agents in the state. 

11) 5101 Country Club Blvd.: Dorothy and Dr. John Day bought this home near the Country Club of Little Rock. Day is an internationally known leader in skull base surgery and a specialist in Gamma Knife surgery and vascular disorders of the brain and skull base, according to a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences website.

Day has written four textbooks on skull base surgery and has published more than 80 articles on neurosurgical topics, the website said. He has taught skull base surgery techniques and lectured in the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia. His salary from UAMS for the current year is $658,000.  

12) 5010 Stonewall Road: Pamela and Dr. Michael Ashcraft bought this four-bedroom, three-bath home near the Country Club of Little Rock. Born in Rison, Dr. Michael Ashcraft graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in science in 1984. He received his Master of Science in orthodontics from the University of Tennessee in 1988 and was certified by the Arkansas Board of Dental Examiners.

He completed his orthodontic residency at the University of Tennessee at Memphis in 1990 and has been in practice since then. He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists. 

13) 21 Carmel Drive: Doug Taylor and Thomas “Ed” Sexton Jr. were attracted to this four-bedroom, six-bath manor in west Little Rock’s Carmel neighborhood because “it has so much land,” Taylor said. The home sits on nearly 9 acres. “We’re on our own private mountaintop,” he said.

He said they looked at only four homes before they found what they were looking for. “It’s a very low-key property,” Taylor said. “I can’t believe how lucky we are to be here.”

Taylor and Sexton own Swank Lighting, which specializes in handblown vintage Murano lamps. Swank has a showroom in Dallas.



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